Dainties of the first order

  • Authors: Adams, Susan B.
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Wings: 4-7

Abstract

Crayfish—also known as crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs, and other colorful local names—figure prominently in human societies on several continents. In North America, many people carry fond memories of sitting by a lake, patiently catching enough crayfish on a line to fill a bucket, and later savoring the tails as a tasty, if small, appetizer. Others spent endless summer days turning stream cobbles to pursue crayfish just for fun or for bait. And there is nothing like a savory crawfish étoufée on a steamy New Orleans evening. Crayfish even provide the impetus for a good party. Crayfish parties are a highlight of late summer in Sweden and Finland, and a Texas crawfish boil makes for a fine get-together. Given their social importance, it’s surprising how little attention is paid to their conservation status and role in natural ecosystems.

  • Citation: Adams, Susan B. 2006. Dainties of the first order. Wings: 4-7
  • Posted Date: February 27, 2007
  • Modified Date: August 2, 2018
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